I love Easter, but as a child, I found this holiday a little confusing. My family celebrated Easter according to the Anglican Church (which people commonly refer to as Episcopal). The day was about family reuniting, eating great food and worshiping together. And don't forget the Easter bunny! Say, what? Why does a bunny deliver eggs? That is so confusing. I would rather have had the Easter bunny bring baby rabbits instead of boiled eggs … but whatever. And what does that have to do with the Resurrection? Sigh.
Oh, and when is Easter this year? It depends. Generally speaking, Easter is considered a moveable feast, and can fall anywhere March 22 and April 25 in Western Christianity. And it must fall on a Sunday. This year it falls on Sunday April 1, unless you are a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church. If you are, then you know that Easter falls on April 8. Or as my Eastern Orthodox best friend cheekily says; “The real Easter falls on April 8!" In case you don't know, the Eastern Orthodox Church is predominant in many Eastern European countries such as Russia, Romania, and Greece.
The formula for determining the date Easter falls on in any given year is the same in both Western and Orthodox Easters, but the churches base the dates on different calendars: Western churches use the Gregorian calendar, and Orthodox churches use the older, Julian calendar. That is why my Greek friend says her date is the correct one. Confused yet?
My childhood confusion about Easter also related to food. There are several foods associated with Easter, for instance lamb, which is traditionally served at Passover and was carried over to the Christian celebration of Easter. (I am not sure when the first spiral-baked ham hit the scene!) Eggs symbolize rebirth and the Resurrection, and in the case of the Anglican Church, Hot-Cross Buns are served on Good Friday, marking the end of Lent. They are basically a yeast roll with very little sugar, plus a healthy amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, currants or raisins and a white icing “cross” drawn on the top. They taste like fruit cake to me. Imagine being a little kid, waiting the 40 days of Lent without sweets, and on Good Friday, you get served a dry version of fruit cake. The white icing gave you hope … until that first bite!
I would like to start a new Easter tradition – Cinnamon Muffin Melts!
Imagine your family waking up to the aroma of cinnamon wafting up from the kitchen. Cinnamon Muffin Melt MixTM is such a versatile product! In its simplest form, it's a deliciously fluffy, light-as-air mini muffin with a crispy cinnamon sugar topping that literally melts in your mouth. What child would turn that down on Good Friday?
And you can do so much more with the mix to enhance your Easter buffet. Here are some suggestions.
How about serving Cinnamon Banana Bread Bars or Easter Morning Muffins for breakfast? Or is Sour Cream Coffee Cake more your style?
You can also transform this mix into Snickerdoodle Cookies for the kids or you can impress the in-laws with Cinnamon and Apple Caramel Dessert or this fancy Dulce de Leche Caramel Cheesecake recipe.
Start a new tradition this year and add Cinnamon Muffin Melt Mix to your Easter weekend menu. Your family will hug you for it!